Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bavarian State Painting Collections restitutes 'The Raising of Lazarus'

‘The Raising of Lazarus’, c. 1530–1540, South-German master. Softwood, 107 x 160.2 cm .
MUNICH---Since 1998, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) has restituted a total of twelve works from eight collections. With this 13th restitution, the Bavarian State Painting Collections and the joint heirs of James von Bleichröder have reached a good solution for all parties, after lengthy and intensive groundwork. As early as 2004, the Bavarian State Painting Collections made the painting’s provenance public in the richly annotated publication ‘Die Kunstsammlung Hermann Görings’, written by the provenance researcher Ilse von zur Mühlen. Two years later, the painting was posted on the ‘Lost Art’ database, directly following the database’s creation, because its origin in the Göring collection suggested that it had might have been a work of looted art. [More]

Monday, July 24, 2017

'Ark Park' violates agreement, gets over $18 million in state tax breaks suspended

By Deborah Yetter
Noah's Ark Encounter Kentucky
LOUISVILLE---Kentucky has suspended tax breaks to the Ark Encounter, saying it breached a deal that provides the religious-themed attraction with $18 million in state tax incentives. The Northern Kentucky theme park, dubbed the "Ark Park" because it features a 510-foot-long model of Noah's Ark, was notified by state officials on Tuesday that the owners have violated an agreement with Kentucky by transferring the property from a for-profit company to a nonprofit company. The property was transferred for $10. If the property is deeded back to the for-profit entity within 30 days, the tax incentive will be restored, said Laura Brooks, spokeswoman for the tourism cabinet. [More]

Moishe House Brookline exhibit puts spotlight on emerging Jewish artists

By Emma R. Murphy
Natalya E. Bernstein'S "For|More" (2017), Oil paint on canvas, 36" x 48"
BROOKLINE, MA---A new art exhibition gives young, up-and-coming Jewish artists a platform from which to share their latest work. Opening on July 27, Moishe House Brookline and Temple Ohabei Shalom are sponsoring the exhibit, “Guarding Memories | Creating Histories,” at the synagogue. In the exhibit seven young Jewish artists reflect on memory and the idea of history and time. The concepts of memory, history and time are particularly applicable to the Jewish community, according to Brookline resident and exhibit co-curator Emily Mogavero.  [More]

Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Art at Susan Eley Fine Art, New York

SHIRIN NESHAT, From the Last World Series, 2003 Gelatin silver print
NEW YORK---Susan Eley Fine Art is hosting an exhibition titled “Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art” at the gallery’s New York location. The exhibition presents a selection of works by United States-based leading Iranian artists, including prominent artists such as Shirin Neshat, Raha Raissnia and Hossein Fatemi. The show celebrates the contribution of the immigrants in American Art, underscoring the dynamic tradition of diversity in it, against the current political backdrop where President Trump’s travel ban has put many immigrants away from this nation. The exhibition is on view through August 30, 2017 at Susan Eley Fine Art, 46 West 90th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA. [More]